At OSA the “quiet” month was filled with the laughter of children and the sour notes they brought forth from instruments they were learning to play. Add the layer of their singing and the precious vitality of a prodigy pianist I overheard one afternoon and El Sistema / WHIN Project was an amazing story! Ask those who attended the final musical presentation. The church council received a report regarding the ongoing relationship between OSA and WHIN Project (led by David Gracia) at its September 16 meeting.
More about children: Sunday School began with teacher preparation, curriculum selection, class planning in August and pancakes on September 9. Great to see a full turnout that day and to meet the “shy puppet.” Thanks to many who are heading up this ministry! Everyone can help by assisting with a class from time to time and by encouraging only children less than eight years of age to participate in “quiet time activities” during the worship hour.
More about education: Thanks to Brent Ness a multi-place & multi-time adult ed based upon the theme of food and gospel – “Feeding the Flock” – is in preparation for October. He is also preparing a series of stewardship temple talks leading up to Commitment Sunday on Nov. 4th.
Going on below these layers of children and education were the continued work of the organ installation, Building and Call Committees. While they may be out of sight, accomplishing their ministry behind the scenes, the results will be fully gratifying. For now we can look at the newly painted gym and the amazing clean out of the Knepper/Project Room, hear the fuller tone of the organ as more registers come on line and in due time Our Saviour’s Atonement will celebrate the call of their next pastor .
Another layer to add to this “quiet” month was the sudden death of Susan Stevens, made difficult with her time spent in the hospital with no brain function. Our community thanks the Crossmans and Hills for their vigil at her side as Susan’s sister, son and ex-husband grappled with medical decisions. God’s blessings were poured upon her at a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 15, 2012.
The last Sunday in September is UDUGO Sunday in our MNYS. What might we do this year to encourage support of our companion synod – the Northwestern Diocese of the Lutheran Church of Tanzania?
My day a week at OSA is quiet - in the literal meaning of the word. Marisol keeps Cornerstone ministry moving forward and handles all the communication we send her way.
I will be gone the week of October 21st, preaching that Sunday, but not the 28th. The Rev. T. Crossman will preach and preside at the Reformation/Renewal celebration.
In the Name of our Lord
The Rev. William Eggers